Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner's Divorce Reportedly Off: Is Money To Blame?

Jennifer Swarthout

The question of whether Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will follow through with their divorce, which has been temporarily called off, has been swirling around the internet with no definitive answer. Could money be to blame? The iconic couple separated shortly after their 10 year wedding anniversary.

At that time, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner issued a statement that read, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce."

Since the public statement they issued, Affleck and Garner have been relatively silent about the filing of divorce papers.

If Garner and Affleck end up filing for divorce in the future, waiting 10 years before signing the divorce papers makes sense financially. Individuals who remain married for 10 years or more can claim spousal Social Security benefits based upon the earnings of their ex-spouse. The claimant must remain unmarried to receive these benefits. Considering the love that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have shared, remaining unmarried in the future might not be an issue. According to Jennifer, even since the separation, Ben is the love of her life.

"I didn't marry the big fat movie star; I married him, and I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again. [Without love] you can't have these three babies and so much of what we had. He's the love of my life."

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are relatively quiet about their personal lives. Divorce is not a private matter and could mean shedding light on potential spending habits and income taxes. Where celebrity marriages are concerned, the public scrutiny can be overbearing.

Oftentimes, people settle out of court to avoid the spotlight. According to Fran Walfish, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist, when children and parenting rights are concerned, this can be difficult to accomplish.

"Virtually every divorce turns into a fight over money or kids, no matter how amicable the split seems. Disgruntled exes often turn their disappointment and disillusionment into the 'War of the Roses.' Everyone loses and the children pay the highest price in the battle."

In fact, E! Online reported that the relationship between Affleck and Garner "is very fluid and nothing has really changed." Sources state that the couple has been working on their relationship in the years since their public separation.

"There have been times when reconciliation looked very likely. They love each other and that hasn't changed. But, it's unclear what the future holds for them."

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